Detroit Food Zoo

Volunteer Contact:  Casey Lubin detkhk@gcfb.org  | 866-GLEANER, ext. 231

Youth learn about hunger and food insecurity through garden-based education. Groups with youth age five to 17 are encouraged to sign up. Activities will include an interactive tour of the Food Zoo, planting, weeding, harvesting, and exploring new foods. In the event of forecasted bad weather, your group will be rescheduled ahead of time.

Group size is limited to 20 youth.  At least one chaperone for every ten youth is required for children age nine or older.  At least one chaperone for every five youth is required for children age five to eight.  Additional chaperones are welcome, however total group size may not exceed 30 volunteers.

This program is offered May 15 – October 31:

  • Tuesdays 9:30 - 11:30 am
  • Wednesdays 9:30 - 11:30 am
  • Thursdays, 9:30 – 11:30 am
  • Fridays 9:30 - 11:30 am
  • Saturdays 9:30 - 11:30 am & 12:30 – 2:30 pm

If you are interested in registering a group for indoor projects September 15- May 31, please visit the Detroit Kids Helping Kids page to learn about our fall, winter and spring service learning projects.  

Group size is limited to 30 youth.  At least one chaperone for every ten youth is required for children age nine or older.  At least one chaperone for every five youth is required for children age five to eight.  Additional chaperones are welcome, however total group size may not exceed 40 volunteers.

This program is offered September 15- May 31:

  • Tuesdays 9:30 - 11:30 am & 12:30 - 2:30 pm
  • Wednesdays 9:30 - 11:30 am & 12:30 - 2:30 pm
  • Fridays 9:30 - 11:30 am
  • Saturdays (except one Saturday of each month) 9:30 - 11:30 am & 1:00 – 3:00 pm

If you are interested in registering a group June 1- September 15, please visit the Gleaners' Gardens page to learn about our summer service learning projects.  

Youth learn about hunger, food insecurity and nutrition as well as volunteer on a project that will help their hungry peers. Groups with youth age five to 17 are encouraged to sign up. Volunteer tasks include sorting and packing food, assembly of nutrition education, preparing supplies for food drives and a tour of the warehouse.